Bengaluru, May 24: Nine people, including two juveniles, were arrested on Thursday morning in the case of the lynching of a Rajasthan native. The man, 26-year-old Kaluram, was suspected to be a child-lifter, say media reports. The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon at Pension Mohalla in Chamrajpet. Police said some messages had been circulating on WhatsApp about the presence of some kidnappers’ gang in the area and the mob suspected Kaluram to be a part of the gang when he was spotted loitering around. (Also read: 11 Including BJP Leader Get Life Imprisonment in Jharkhand Lynching Case) Also Read - Bengaluru Oncologist Raises Hopes, Claims To Be Close To Discovering A Cure For Covid-19

The man was tied up and dragged onto the road where he was beaten with clubs and sticks. A resident informed the police but by the time a team arrived, Kaluram was bleeding profusely. “There were more than 70 people. His hands were tied and many in the mob were shouting he was a child-lifter while some were kicking and beating him with wooden sticks. As soon as the Hoysala vehicle stopped arrived there, the mob dispersed…Police found him drenched in blood as he had sustained head injuries. He was still breathing and was rushed to the Victoria Hospital nearby. Within 4-5 minutes he succumbed,” police said, reports The New Indian Express. Also Read - Maharashtra Police Nabs 2 Container Trucks Carrying 300 Migrant Workers Back Home

The man was identified with the help of his Aadhaar card. When his brother was spoken to, he said Kaluram was working in Mumbai and Pune; he did not know why the deceased was in Bengaluru. The Hindu has quoted DCP Ravi D. Chennannavar as saying, “This tragic incident occurred because of rumours that were being circulated on social media about child abductors in the city. There are no such gangs in the City and people should not heed to such rumours.”  Police got the CCTV footage and video clips from onlookers who had recorded the lynching on their mobile. Also Read - Viral Video: Doctors in Rajasthan Sing 'Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein' to Show Hope in The Times of Coronavirus